Prof. John Dittmer to Appear at Local 'Festival of the Book'

Prof. John Dittmer to Appear at Local 'Festival of the Book'

September 1, 2009

John Dittmer Good Doctors.JPGSeptember 1, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — John Dittmer, professor emeritus of history at DePauw University and author of The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care, is among the presenters scheduled to participate at the Putnam County Public Library's Festival of the Book. The event will take place September 12 from noon to 8 p.m. at the library.

"Dittmer received the Bancroft Prize, generally considered the most prestigious award in the field of American history writing, and several other awards for his 1994 work Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi," writes Shannen Hayes in Greencastle's Banner-Graphic. "Dittmer served on the DePauw faculty from 1985 until his retirement in 2003. He still resides in Greencastle."

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The Good Doctors was published in May and was noted in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Writing last month in Mississippi's Jackson Free Press, Tom Head opined,"The ruthless honesty of Dittmer’s biographies john dittmer 2006.jpgreveals a truth that today’s activists need to hear: that nobody is really qualified to be an activist. In other words, they make 'em exactly the way they used to. Dittmer excels at describing not only the fallible humanity of our heroes, but also the unchallenged credibility of our villains."

On May 17, Dr. Dittmer delivered the principal address to DePauw's Class of 2009 at the University's 170th commencement and received an honorary doctoral degree. A summary of his remarks and an MP3 file of the complete speech can be accessed in this report. DVDs of the 2009 commencement ceremony are still available.